John Salmons watched the replay repeatedly on a laptop near his locker. He was caught between diving toward Golden State Warriors center...
OAKLAND, Calif. — John Salmons watched the replay repeatedly on a laptop near his locker.
He was caught between diving toward Golden State Warriors center Andrew Bogut and covering guard Klay Thompson.
Stuck in between both, David Lee made the right pass to Thompson, who hit a three-pointer to give the Warriors an 85-83 lead with 7.5 seconds to play as the Warriors won, 87-83, on Wednesday night at Oracle Arena.
On a night the Kings made more defensive plays than they had in a while, they needed one more stop or a scoring play late.
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They didn’t get either as Tyreke Evans’ drive to the rim over Thompson missed with 1.9 seconds to play.
Salmons continued to rewind the Thompson three as the locker room cleared out after the Kings’ ninth loss in 11 games.
“I was guarding Klay,” Salmons said. “I thought I saw Bogut open under the basket and thought they were going to pass it to him. And as soon as I ran in to Bogut they threw it straight to Klay. I tried to contest. He hit a big shot.”
Thompson, the former Washington State standout, was scoreless in the fourth quarter until that shot and finished with a game-high 20 points.
“It was a drag screen for Steph (Curry),” Thompson said. “Lee was doing the pin down for me, he played the part well and he popped, then he found me right in the shooting pocket. All I had to do was catch and shoot.”
It’s been a rough two-game stretch for DeMarcus Cousins offensively. After a season-worst 1-of-12 shooting night in Tuesday’s loss to Denver, Cousins was just 2 for 10 against the Warriors with five points.
Cousins played just 1:45 of the fourth quarter against Denver before sitting out the rest of the game.
For the Kings, it was another disappointing ending after the bench led rallies in the second and fourth quarters.
WARRIORS 87, KINGS 83
Percentages: FG .398, FT .750. Three-point goals: 8-24, .333 (Patterson 3-3, Douglas 2-6, Thomas 1-1, Salmons 1-5, Thornton 1-5, Hayes 0-1, Evans 0-3). Team rebounds: 8. Team turnovers: 15 (13 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Evans 2, Cousins, Patterson). Turnovers: 14 (Salmons 3, Cousins 2, Douglas 2, Hayes 2, Thomas 2, Evans, J.Thompson, Thornton). Steals: 12 (Cousins 4, Douglas 2, J.Thompson 2, Evans, Patterson, Thomas, Thornton).
Percentages: FG .360, FT .862. Three-point goals: 8-23, .348 (K.Thompson 4-10, Curry 2-5, Jack 2-5, Green 0-1, Barnes 0-2). Team rebounds: 11. Team turnovers: 18 (13 PTS). Blocked shots: 4 (Bogut 2, Ezeli 2). Turnovers: 17 (Curry 6, Jack 3, Ezeli 2, Lee 2, K.Thompson 2, Barnes, Landry). Steals: 9 (Jack 3, Bogut 2, Curry 2, Ezeli, Lee).
|Sacramento||21||23||19||20 — 83|
|Golden State||28||13||28||18 — 87|
Attendance: 19,596 (19,596). Time: 2:12. Officials: Bennett Salvatore, Bennie Adams, Kevin Cutler.